The radical Open 60 class, the heart of the Vendée Globe and other shorthanded ocean races is facing an unsure future. Some see a move toward a one-design as the answer.
The Vendée Globe, the only non-stop, solo, around-the-world-race, could be sailed in a 60-foot one-design for the 2016 edition. After a long history as a crucible of offshore innovation and refinement, the International Monohull Open Class Association is considering whether to scrap its famously loose box rule for a much tighter rule intended to create boats that are more affordable and safer.
I’m in the Caribbean for my first time at the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta.
“Ting!” My best friend exclaimed when I told her I was going to St. Maarten for the Heineken Regatta. “Bring back lots of Ting!” She digs the grapefruit soda after she spent two summers working in the Caribbean.
I’m not too excited to figure out to get a case of this into my suitcase at the end of the trip, but it was good to get a bit of local guidance from her. This trip is my first one to the Caribbean, and after talking to her and others who were familiar with the place, it wasn’t too hard to leave gray, sub-freezing Newport yesterday morning.
With a gold and two silvers in four Olympics, 470 and Flying Dutchman skipper Paul Foerster (left, with double Olympic medalist Kevin Burnham, shortly after they clinched the Men's 470 gold in Athens in 2004) should be a lock for the U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame. But he and other multiple medalist American sailors have been ignored by a committee that seems focused on a few marquee sports and the famous names.
Despite there being a plethora of qualified candidates, the U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame has yet to induct a single sailor.
A Monday morning e-mail from the U.S. Olympic Committee announced the nominees for the U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame class of 2012. I perused the list, looking for any notable names. A few caught my eye: wrestler John Smith, who was a collegiate and Olympic superstar when I was a high school wrestler, is on there.
Tim Zimmermann admires Sarah Hebert's goal to windsurf across the Atlantic, but questions the marketing angles of modern-day adventures.
I’m trying to figure out what I think about the fact that Sarah Hebert, a highly accomplished windsurfer who happens to have a defibrillator implanted in her chest, is currently windsurfing across the Atlantic.
With all of the preparation for Act 1 of the Extreme Sailing Series completed, the only task left for Max Bulger and Team Oman Air is to sail their best.
- Find talented and experienced boat captain to spend month of January working with Omani shore crew to re-fit boat - Assemble five crew members from England, Oregon, Massachusetts, a boat off the coast of Panama, and Muscat in Mussanah, Oman - Train for 7 days out of Marina Bandar Al Rowdha (one Brit and one Omani have a week to teach three Americans how to sail Extreme 40s) - Greet boatbuilders, who have just stepped off a 12-hour flight, with the news that they have three days to fix brand-new giant hole in transom
Team Oman Air makes it to Muscat, the capital of Oman and home to Oman Sail, after being escorted away from the Sultan's private waterway by the Coast Guard.
It was a long day in the sun, but we’ve officially made the transfer south to Muscat. We left our temporary home in at the Marina Bandar Al Rowdha in Mussanah at 8:30 (after a slightly frustrating wait for the fuel dock to open) and towed all 80 feet of Oman Air’s hulls three hours south to the regatta site. Charlie and I rode on the trampoline while Morgan and Joe drove the RIB, and Will coordinated the shoreside logistics of moving our containers with help from shore crew Tim, Halal, and Mohammed. Nasser, our bowman who lives in Muscat, met us at the venue.
Max Bulger discovers that it’s not as easy as it looks to fend off a 40-foot cat during practice in Mussanah, Oman, with Team Oman Air.
My last dispatch from the airport was less than a week ago, but I feel like I’ve been in Oman for ages. Not in a bad way—the days are slipping by distressingly fast, actually— it’s just that Team Oman Air has become completely immersed in our little satellite world in the desert.
Team Sanya, skippered by Mike Sanderson from New Zealand during Leg 4.
The start of Leg 4 of the Volvo Ocean Race from Sanya, China, to Auckland, NZ, is delayed due to treacherous weather conditions, making it the first time a postponement has ever occured in the Race's history.
Ryan O'Grady, a veteran follower of the Volvo Ocean Race and a top amateur sailor, is providing regular insight and analysis on the 2011-'12 Volvo Ocean Race for SailingWorld.com.
Catching up on some reading during a long layover in Frankfurt.
Max Bulger, a 21-year-old Tufts undergrad, heads to Muscat, Oman, for the first Act of the Extreme Sailing Series.
The first thought I had when I woke up this morning was: "Just another casual Thursday afternoon flight to Muscat. Good thing I'm packed and got a full night's sleep, but it's too bad I'm stuck spending the next two weeks sailing boring old Extreme 40s."